Theatre - June 2010 closing date

New Work, Program Presenter, Cite` Residency - closing date 3 June 2010

This report provides context for the assessment of applications submitted to the Theatre Board on 3 June 2010. It gives some statistical analysis of grant round results.

The assessment meeting was held on 9-12 August 2010, and applications were assessed in the new work, program presenter, and Cite` residency categories.

Chair’s comments

Thank you to Jen Cramer and Jansis O’Hanlon, who joined us as peer assessors from Tasmania and Western Australia at this August assessment meeting. Their fine contribution to a rigorous three days of assessment was invaluable. 

This is the third time we have assessed our relatively new Program Presenter category, this time with strong outcomes for South Australia, Queensland and regional NSW.  It is also worth noting the great success of our Managing and Producing Services (MAPS) initiative in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. MAPS is offering invaluable support to the theatre and dance artists involved, allowing them to concentrate fully on their artistic endeavours. 

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the final outcomes of our Queensland Indigenous Theatre Fund. It was a pleasure to work with Arts QLD on this initiative - a further outcome of this collaboration is an Indigenous Theatre Forum being held in Cairns in August. We have also recently allocated three fellowships to develop circus and physical theatre directors in Australia, each valued at $25,000. The talented recipients were Annie Davey, Gavin Robbins and Kate Fryer.

In this round we offered the Cite` residency to Australian female directors. We received many excellent applications and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating the final choice of Susie Dee. In our collaborative work with the Major Performing Arts Board, we will continue to investigate ways to address the lack of consistent and sustainable pathways for women directors within the Australian theatre industry.   

The Theatre team has recently launched the Board’s new Cultural Leadership Skills and Cultural Leadership Programs categories (which are now live with a closing date of 10 Nov 2010). We believe these categories will yield some exciting results in the near future. Theatre staff will be offering information sessions in a number of capital cities over the next three months.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Theatre Network Victoria for all the hard work they have done in securing dates and a venue, along with generous support from Arts Queensland, for the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum to be held at Brisbane Powerhouse. This is another example of the strength of our sector, which always works tirelessly for something it is truly passionate about.  In this case, it is the necessity to bring us together under the same roof as often as possible to share debate and take action on our own behalf.

Wishing you all the best
Rosalba Clemente

Successful applicants

For a list of successful applicants please click here

Select 1 June 2001 - 31 Dec 2010 as the decision date range, and Theatre Board as the funding area.

Funding statistics

New Work - Creative Development
Applications received: 60
Applications funded: 8
Amount approved: $184,180

New Work - Production
Applications received: 44
Applications funded: 5
Amount approved: $248,519

New Work - Young Artist Initiative
Applications received: 19
Applications funded: 3
Amount approved:  $38,700

Program Presenter
Applications received: 14
Applications funded: 4
Amount approved:  $600,000

Cite` Residency
Applications received: 10
Applications funded:  1
Amount approved:  $10,000

Total grants: 21
Total amount approved:  $1,081,399


Panel members

Board members

Rosalba Clemente Chair (SA), freelance theatre director, writer and performer, and lecturer at Flinders University Drama Centre and at Adelaide Institute of TAFE Arts
Sue Broadway (Vic), freelance director
Matt Lutton (WA) freelance theatre director and artistic director of Thin Ice
Suellen Maunder (Qld), Artistic Director of Just Us Theatre Ensemble
Fraser Corfield (NSW) artistic director of ATYP.
Fiona Winning (NSW) Independent producer/ facilitator.

Participating advisors were Jansis O’Hanlon Executive Manager Strut Dancer (WA) and Jen Cramer Production Manager Ten Days on the Island (Tas).

Australia Council staff

Lyn Wallis, director theatre
Atul Joshi, director arts organisations
Antonietta Morgillo, program manager theatre
Michelle Hall, client manager key organisations
Bel Evans, program officer theatre
Tija Lodins, program officer theatre
Ann Petrou, section coordinator theatre
Tanya Gallagher, administration officer theatre
Fenn Gordon, director market development
Kathryn Gray, program officer Inter-arts office

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